The Mediterranean monk seal is one of the world’s most endangered marine mammals, with fewer than 600 individuals currently surviving
The reason that a monk seal is incorporated into the Yalikavak municipality (Belediye) logo, is because the Yalikavak coastline hosts one of the few remaining groups of Mediterranean Monk Seal in existence.
Mediterranean monk seals mostly seek refuge in inaccessible caves, often along remote, cliff-bound coasts
Adult males are black with a white belly patch; adult females are generally brown or grey with a lighter belly coloration, and both can live up to 23-30 years in the wild
Monk seal pups can swim and dive with ease by the time they are about two weeks old and are weaned at about 16-17 weeks
Monk seals are mainly thought to feed in coastal waters for fish and cephalopods, such as octopus and squid.
by Darren Edwards